Make a Thistle (Scotland related craft)

The thistle apparently became an important Scottish symbol in the early 1200's, when an attacking Norwegian soldier stepped on its prickly leaves, calling out in surprise. His cry alerted the Scots to the enemy's position and helped them win the battle!

Make a purple or lavender pom-pom. Cut out green felt leaves (two per thistle), in a similar shape to holly leaves. Glue a green, folded chenille stem to the back of each leaf, leaving enough hanging over one end to secure it to the main stem. Twist two green chenille stems together for the main stem. Glue the pom-pom to the top, and attach the two leaves, one approx. 1/3 of the way down the stem, the other approx. 2/3 of the way down, but on the other side.

Contributed by:
Liz Watts
Girl Scouts of Tres Condados Council, California, USA
Former Brownie Guider and County Hillwalking Adviser, UK

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